So many choices of great events this week, how to choose? We’ve made our picks of worthy opportunities to start an important conversation. But don’t stop with these!
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Monday November 3
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Christopher B. Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University in the department of anthropology. His doctoral dissertation Islamic Charity in India: Revival and Re-Invention of Ritual Almsgiving is based on 18 months of data-collection during 2012-13 in Lucknow, a city in north India. His research fieldwork included interviews, surveys, and participant observation in six local Islamic charities. During that time, he also studied Islamic law for three months in the madrasa of Nadwat ul-‘Ulama, a traditional Islamic seminary in Lucknow.
Islamic scriptures on charity have been concerned primarily with personal ethical transformation for the donor, teaching Muslims to perform almsgiving as a form of obligatory financial worship that purifies the almsgiver’s soul and wealth. In recent decades, there has been a shift in ethical discourses to focus on the alms recipient and how they develop. Mr. Taylor’s research demonstrates how Islamic charity is being re-invented and institutionalized to insert the poor into India’s 21st century liberalizing economy. His findings are a stark contrast to the theory of secularization, as the religious revival centered around Islamic charity has grown along with economic development in India. His work also invites reconsideration of Islamic “law” (shari’a) not as a strict unified code but as an ethical system rooted in scripture from which Muslims draw diverse interpretations.
Mr. Taylor was made a visiting researcher at Georgetown University in the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in 2014. USAID has awarded him a Research Innovation Fellowship in 2014 to apply his research in the field of international development. He was a graduate research fellow of the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2011-2014. He has also studied Persian language at the American Institute for Iranian Studies in 2010. Other research interests about which he has written include civil society and governance in Afghanistan, transnational Shi’ism in Central Asia, and the caste rights movement in India.
At DePaul, she is studying the evaluation practices of an international nongovernmental organization working with women in East Africa and is also commencing a gender-based audit of the relocation and rehabilitation experiences of former slum dwellers in Mumbai, India.
One of the best conferences for international relations junkies is the World Affairs Councils of America’s National Conference in DC. A few scholarships are offered to exceptional college students who are nominated by local world affairs councils. For the first a scholarship winner is from Indiana, and she’s one of ours. Erin Lang is one of the founding members of INDYthinks, and a proud member of Team Provocate.
The crisis in the Euro-zone, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the boom and fragility of Central European economies, the future of Germany … these and other European topics will be discussed this fall.
Learn about Africa, talk about Africa, listen to African music and eat African food. Meet Africans and friends of Africa.
On the IUPUI campus, the McKinney Law School hosts talks by world-renowned legal scholars (many of them McKinney School faculty).
Provocate is hosting the release of a new book by Fran Quigley on September 25 at the Athenaeum. But don’t panic if you miss this talk … Fran is talking several times this fall, and every talk will be worth attending.
The JCC’s 16th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts is a three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, filmmakers and performing and fine artists. This year’s Festival of Books is Tuesday, October 28 through Saturday, November 15, 2014.
The Hall is the planning hub for Plan 2020. It’s where ideas connect. The Hall served as the Indianapolis City Hall from 1910 to 1962. In addition to housing Plan 2020, The Hall also provides meeting and gathering space for the public and a gallery of community-based initiatives.
Find out what’s happening in Indy. Every Friday at noon Plan 2020 will host a presentation highlighting community projects and initiatives taking place around Indianapolis. Friday Forums are an opportunity for Plan 2020 to reinforce and highlight what other plans have stated and worked towards. These initiatives will be integrated and vetted during Plan 2020’s planning process to create a comprehensive implementation strategy
To celebrate summer turning into fall, the IMA is taking it outdoors and offering art that goes beyond just the eyes. Sound collages, original music, kinetic sculptures, the smell of the trees and the taste of autumn in the air. And the smell and taste of food trucks. As is always the case, the turning of the seasons with the IMA is an experience that will not be replicated.
September 20th ” Indian culture is alive in Indianapolis, Indiana. And everyone can experience it on Sept. 20. With music and dance, Christel House, and Anita Lerche and Gregory Hancock, will bring India’s vibrant culture to Indianapolis audiences.”
How to get your transformational energies flowing in September? Get ready to be moral on Monday with a movie and a weekend of workshops. Embrace the cause of environmental justice. Fight hunger in Indy and around the world. And that’s just a start.
Like hundreds of groups around the country, the Mid North Shepherds Center runs the Great Decisions series every spring. Eight issues of urgent important for foreign relations. The Mid North Shepherds Center is the only …
Karen K gives 5 reasons you should be at Indy Reads Books for a readers’ performance “Distant Lands,” of her translation of Polish poetry:
- One of the imaginary “poets” will be in swimwear.
- My colleague Ben Van Wyke does a hilarious “Schizus Christus.”
- How many ever met a poet named “Eros XL”?
- It’ll be a lot of fun!
- It will support Indy Reads!
Every year RESULTS (and its partner the RESULTS Educational Fund) organize an International Conference brings together more than 400 grassroots activists from around the world to advance anti-poverty efforts in the U.S. and globally. The conference is an opportunity for activists to hear from world-class speakers, get the most up-to-date legislative and policy information, and hone their advocacy skills in preparation for a day of Capitol Hill and World Bank advocacy.
Kathy Pataluch imagines a world where every person can marry the person they love.
ladimir Putin is on his way to legendary status. The Firebird of Russian Folklore is based both in the cultural and political histories of the Russian Empire throughout its many manifestations over the last 1,000 …
Kathy Pataluch ponders how to use a passionate documentary to reshape public policy concerning homeless individuals in Indianapolis.
Squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh saw tragedy a few days ago when ten residents were burnt alive and shot. The only group in North America working to make sure this never happens again is located in Indianapolis.
Global Indy is an infrastructure encouraging collaboration and enhancing the local impact of international initiatives